Coach Dedeaux

Today we lost a great man, Rod Dedeaux. He was my friend, my mentor and my idol. He was like an older brother to me. This is not only a tremendous loss to his family, and the University of Southern California, but to everyone across America.

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Hey Tom, my sympathies.I am brazilian Dodgers´s fan and like you, my family is Italian(my surname is Marini).I want to thank for all you give to the franchise.And to the Dodgers´s fans who speak portuguese there´s a good site about baseball, please enter:www.forumstrikeout.net

Tommy?

While interning at Chavez Ravine, I was fortunate enough to meet Coach Dedeaux. I met him in passing and commented on his unique cane. That afternoon before a home game I learned about the famous Mark McGuire signature upon it! What an extraordinary individual he was, and a tremendous loss to the baseball community. His commitment to excellence and dedication to the sport which he loved will surely continue on the campus at USC, and hopefully resonate to the future generations of ball players. My sincerest sympathies and condolences to you and his family.

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Tommy, I always enjoyed seeing Coach Dedeaux at the Stadium. Once he answered my greeting with, “Fight on!” I looked at him and said, “Coach, I hate to tell you this, but I went to Cal!”

He was a great man, and will be missed.

Tommy,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your friend. Coach was a great man. My sister used to babysit his grandkids and was sad when I called her to tell her that coach died.

Coach is in a better place and will be looking down from blue heaven to see the Dodgers win the World Series this year.

I hope you and your wife cope with this loss. It’s never easy.

Peace,

Peter Kuster

Tommy, The coach was a great friend of mine. I was deeply touched when I signed in to your BLOG with Dedeaux already on my mind, and saw you had posted this letter.
Thank you Tommy you bring great comfort to many people who miss “the coach” with your words.

Thank you!

Jim

HEY TOMMY, MY NAME IS ERIC I AM A FAMILY FRIEND TO THE DEDEAUX AND THE ENGAMENS… I KNEW MR. DEDEAUX ALL MY LIFE (25 YRS), MY MOTHER WORKS FOR THE FAMILY AS A HOUSEKEEPER/ CAREGIVER. I WAS DEEPLY SADEN BY HIS PASSING, BUT IN SHOCK ON THE WAY HE PASSED…. IT STARTED BEFORE THE BIG GAME (USC & UCLA), AND HE LEFT US AFTER THE BIG GAME (USC & TEXAS), HE WAS WAITING FOR HIS TROJANS TO COMPLETE THE DYNESTY…. FORM ME TO YOU I KNOW WE WILL MISS THE “TIGER”… THANK YOU TOMMY.

G’day Tommy from downunder,

My deepest regrets to Rons family. I personally have attended 3 funereals for a friend and 2 family members the last 2 months. Life goes on but but i miss them all so dearly…………… I also gained some strength in life when i heard their eulogies and re-visited their memories.

I sincerely hope you are planning to visit Australia before the WBC starts. Our country is in dire need of more media coverage about the WBC, On the TV News or TV Chat shows as well as in the newspapers and on the internet locally.

Australians are still mainly Cricket lovers and Baseball is considered a minor sport here. In saying that many young Aussie players are signed Pro in the USA each season and our own club http://www.asl.baseball.com.au has 5 junior players signed Pro the last 5 years. One of which, Dave Sutherland has a bright future ahead in your own Dodger organisation.

I get sick and tired of negative comments about the WBC…. some fans just cannot see the big picture about World Baseball. I love your positive outlook about Baseball and life in general.

I’m a Baseball player from the 70’s and Coach Juniors now and play a bit still in Australia and was lucky enough to live in LA a few years and attend many Dodger games when you managed. I loved watching Orel Hershiser bat butcher boys and pitch, Kirk Gibson, Mickey Hatcher and was there one day when Ramon Martinez hit a Home Run and the 20+inning game in Houston one night on TV when you had Mickey Hatcher pitching !!!. My wife grew up in California listening to Dodger games on the radio with her dad and my workmates uncle in California was Transport manager for the LA Dodgers for many years since the 1960’s.

The Dodgers are MY TEAM ( except for Australia of course). I was especially honoured to meet and chat with Roy Campanella one day on my way into Dodger Stadium.

I hope you get to come to Australia Tommy and preach the WBC and Baseball gospel ( Do you still bleed Dodger Blue???)

Cheers

Glen Long

http://www.asl.baseball.com.au

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